When the Washington Post ran an article in 2014 titled Hungary’s Prime Minister becomes Europe’s Donald Trump few in the U.S. believed Donald Trump was even serious about running for president. Even less had any idea who the prime minister of Hungary is much less why he would be compared to Donald Trump.
Now serving his second term as the leader of Hungary, Viktor Orban has emerged as the straight-talking voice of a burgeoning right-wing in Europe. Much of his appeal has been his steadfast vow to block the flood of refugees pouring into the region that Orban sees as a direct threat to Western Civilization.
“Some Western European countries would like to enter into a phase which can be described more with the description ‘post-Christian,’ ‘post-national.’ But we don’t want that. … You know, Europe’s supposed to be a Christian continent.” ~ Viktor Orban
During a recent visit to Washington, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told POLITICO that meetings with Obama and Trump have been handled very differently. He said:
“I had a lengthy, almost two-hour conversation with [Mitchell] … and I have to tell you that if this had happened — if such kind of a meeting had happened — three years ago, then our political bilateral relationship would be in a totally different position than it is currently … Politically speaking, our relationship didn’t work so far, because the former administration was, whenever we had any kind of meetings, they wanted to speak about the domestic issues of Hungary, and they didn’t want to speak about the bilateral relationship.”
Szijjártó was speaking of Wess Mitchell, Trump’s Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs.
President Trump has spoken highly of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban and for good reason. While Trump chafes at the bit waiting for Congress to approve budgeting to build a wall, Orban had already built his.
Hungary is a key conduit for migrants coming out of the Middle East. While governments of Austria and Germany are allowing themselves to be overwhelmed by primarily Arabic immigrants, Orban’s political party has erected billboards in Budapest warning migrants not to “take our jobs.”
Hungary’s parliament has passed emergency anti-migration laws that authorize the army to help process migrants and slapped three-year jail terms for crossing its new fence.
Now Viktor Orban has called for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing Fidesz party begins campaigning for an April 8 election in which he is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory.
Though popular at home, Orban is increasingly at odds with his mainstream European Union counterparts. Like Trump with Nikki Haley, Orban has declared a no holds barred showdown with the EU and the United Nations.
Orban is not a single issue politician. As he leads the charge to curb illegal immigration he has also turned Hungary’s economic slump around. Since his first term when Hungry was downgraded to ‘junk’ he has led the country to return to investment grade.
It hasn’t been an easy road his opponents label the 54 yr-old prime minister authoritarian in his stand against his EU partners. However, his neighbors Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland have followed his lead. Of these alliances he said:
“We don’t think the fight is hopeless, on the contrary, we are winning … Croatia has come around, Austria has turned in the patriotic direction, and in Bavaria, the CSU has created a resistance.”
Orban said this past Sunday that Europe faces a critical divide between Eastern and Western Europe. He called the line of demarcation an “immigrant zone, a mixed population world that heads in a direction different from ours”.
Speaking at a rally Orban told a crowd, “Absurd as it may sound the danger we face comes from the West, from politicians in Brussels, Berlin, and Paris … Of course, we will fight, and use ever stronger legal tools. The first is our ‘Stop Soros’ law.”
President Trump and those who voted for him will have no problem identifying with a leader who sees Soros as an enemy of conservative thought.
Orban has targeted Hungarian-born U.S. financier George Soros whose millions if not billions have been used to bolster progressive, open-borders values and to sow discord among its residents through social justice causes. The Hungarian leader has compared Soros to a puppet master “unleashing immigration onto Europe to undermine its cultural and economic integrity.”
While Western journalists mock President Trump, claiming he has no diplomacy, he has been welcomed with open arms in Eastern Europe. Like Trump’s supporters in the U.S., Orban’s countrymen are tired of talk and welcome his action.
~ Freedom News Report